Last time we heard from Walter White, he revealed (unofficially) that the final season of AMC's critically adored meth-od acting drama, Breaking Bad, would be returning in July. The news came amid speculation as to how the final sixteen episodes would be delivered: either in one shipment of face-melting goodness, or split over two painstakingly suspenseful mini-series.

Now we have something of an answer to television's most pressing question, with Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston revealing that "We're splitting it. We're going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year."

Cranston is also set to direct the ninth episode of Breaking Bad's final season, which will also - take it away, Walt - "pick up right where we left off. We're cleaning up the pieces from last season's huge ordeal where Gus Fring was forced to meet his maker. It's not as easy as Walter thought. And as we've discovered over the years, you don't really know who Walter White is. I'm still discovering who he is and I'm trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker. There's physical danger to himself and his family, plus there's the emotional danger due to his anger and hubris. It's about the evil that men do and where that takes him."

Via Entertainment Weekly